Desk/Work

Strut 70″ Work Table

Here’s a sort-of-affordable glass table with an interesting wood base. ‘Sort-of-affordable’ in this case means there’s no comma in the price tag.

Glass top floats on dramatically angled shesham wood legs with a matte walnut stain. Crossbar support connects the base with striking stainless steel hardware that’s an integral part of the design.

Seats four if using as a dining table.
70″Wx34″Dx30″H

Also available, not shown: Strut 36″ Glass Top Table, $499.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $699.00
Availability: Buy Strut 70″ Work Table here

Muji Steel Pipe Desk

An interesting partnership between Muji and Thonet brings us the Bauhaus tubular steel desk.

Made in Germany by Thonet GmbH, the original manufacturer of tubular steel furniture, for MUJI. The desk is made of steel pipe with a speckled MDF top. The drawer unit is sold separately and is made in Japan of steel and polypropylene.

Purchase Information:

Price: $750.00
Availability: Buy Muji Steel Pipe Desk here

UO Sawhorse Table Legs and Crawford Sawhorse

As one of you recently pointed out, there’s quite a few inexpensive trestle options out there, and you can get whatever sized top you want from a glass shop or hardware store.

On the left, is Urban Outfitter’s Sawhorse Table Legs, which at $38.00 for a set of two is a pretty good deal, and actually less expensive than the sawhorses on the right. However, the ones on the right are ‘real’ sawhorses, so they’re probably a bit more sturdy as well as adjustable. I actually used these yellow sawhorses as a work table base in my office/studio when I lived in Houston. It’s hard to tell, but from the side these sawhorses actually have a little Prouve-ish feel, or at least that’s what I thought of them (it’s the angled steel in a bright color, I think). If you don’t mind an industrial-edgy look, they do the job wonderfully and will hold up well over time, either in your studio/office space or in the garage for odd jobs.

Sawhorse Table Legs from UO, $38.00 for set of two, Buy it here.
Crawford 38 In. Folding Steel Sawhorse, Yellow $29.97 each, Buy it here.

Also, IKEA has essentially the same trestle base as UO: Vika Lerberg Trestle for $10 each. (thanks john for the link)

Purchase Information:

Price: $38.00
Availability: Buy UO Sawhorse Table Legs and Crawford Sawhorse here

Oak and Glass Trestle Table

Part of the new ‘Well Considered’ Collection from The Conran Shop, this table combines elegance and simplicity with a friendly price tag. (More items from the range will be posted within the next few weeks, but not so much that you’ll get sick of them.)

Terence Conran designed this simple, pared down trestle which is made in solid oak and combined with a clear glass top – ideal for sophisticated dining or as a chic desk at an excellent price.

W71 x D31.5 x H29.5 in
Materials: Solid Oak and Glass

Purchase Information:

Price: $595.00
Availability: Buy Oak and Glass Trestle Table here

Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk

I post this with considerable trepidation. On one hand, having a huge trunk to stuff all sorts of work papers and items plus a computer would be exceptionally nice in that you could close it all off and see a nice looking old trunk instead of a messy workspace. On the other hand it is absolutely huge and might look like an elephant in the corner, plus some people might assume you have a Real Doll in there, and that would not do your reputation any good whatsoever. So, it’s up to you to decide whether the risk is worth the advantage, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. (Also, if you’re into the antique steamer trunk thing, there’s a sizable collection of them (media stands, dressers, etc.) to check out at Restoration Hardware).

* Crafted by antiques dealer and furniture maker Timothy Oulton of London
* Reproduction antique steamer trunk
* Features a pull-down desktop and multiple drawers, cubbies, wire management and bookshelves
* Stands on wheels for mobility and closes for storage and privacy

Dimensions: 39″W x 29″D x 76″H

$3,995.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,995.00
Availability: Buy Mayfair Steamer Secretary Trunk here

M’ovo Folding Table by Lapalma

While this does have a certain ironing-board feel to it, the promise of being able to easily shift from table to table-being-vertically-stored has a certain allure. For the price, I’d expect it to move from one position to the other extremely smoothly.

m’ovo table can be transformed by an easy movement: a second leg unfolds while the top is lowered to horizontal position. the solid oval base has concealed wheels so that the table can be shifted easily before use. when the flip-top is down, the wheels are lifted up and the base is stopped.

designed by andreas störiko

m’ovo 175: 69″w x 29″;h x 41.02″d, $3,160.00
m’ovo 160: rectangular: 62.5″ x 29″h x 31.02″d, $3,085.00
m’ovo 160: 52.5″w x 29″h x 41.5″d1 x 27.5″d2, $3,273.00

Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $3,160.00
Availability: Buy M’ovo Folding Table by Lapalma here

Fulton Desk, Bookcase, Media Console

This is bare bones minimal with a tiny bit of rustic wood to warm it up. I’d say the prices are reasonable, or at least they don’t hurt the eyes.

Fulton’s minimal lines and mixed materials make a streamlined, rustic-modern statement. The warmth of the richly-figured, reclaimed teak veneer top contrasts beautifully with the industrial black metal frame, finished in three steps for an oxidized effect.

Desk, 52″Wx24″Dx30″H, $699.00, Buy it here.
Bookcase, 26″Wx12″Dx75″H, $699.00, Buy it here.
56″ Media Console, 56″Wx17.75″Dx19.75″H, $999.00,
Buy it here.

[posted by katie]

MUJI manufactured by Thonet

I’ve been super excited by this ever since I saw the press release, and even though it’s not available for purchase online, you can buy the pieces from the two New York stores where they are on view.

MUJI U.S.A. LIMITED announces its new furniture line, MUJI manufactured by Thonet. Thonet, a German manufacturer of high-quality furnishings, is producing a simplified form of bentwood and tubular steel furniture for the MUJI line.This line aims to bring back design masterpieces with MUJI’s extraordinary and clear simplicity. It reflects part of MUJI’s basic concept, to offer quality goods with affordable prices by streamlining the process and selecting materials which coincides with the Thonet’s original philosophy.MUJI manufactured by Thonet is displayed at Times Square Store and Chelsea Store.

Thonet Beech Table, $795.75
Thonet Beech Bentwood Chair, $495.75
Thonet Steel Pipe Chair, $575.75
Thonet Steel Pipe Desk, $675.75

Contact MUJI Times Square or Chelsea location to purchase.

sawhorse worktable

Check out this new desk from West Elm. It’s very similar in look & feel to the Plane Table (from The Conran Shop) but there’s a difference in size, materials, and price (of course).

An expansive tabletop rests securely on two sturdy legs. Single drawer. Tabletop and legs of wood construction with durable sungkai wood veneer. Variations in richly textured, prominently grained sungkai make each piece unique. Simple assembly.

60″w x 23.5″d x 29.25″h

$549.00, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $549.00
Availability: Buy sawhorse worktable here

StudioDesk

Specifically designed for laptop users, this desk hides all peripherals underneath the surface to allow for a clean and organized workspace.

All peripherals and excess cables are hidden just under the sliding desktop surface. The storage compartment is therefore conveniently accessed from above. An elongated slot across the width of the desktop allows the necessary peripheral & power cables to enter/exit at any point, thereby keeping the desktop clear of clutter.

47″w x 27.5″d x 29.5″h

$599.95, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $599.95
Availability: Buy StudioDesk here

Console Desk by Studio Moe

This slim-lined console desk by Studio Moe was a quiet star at ICFF this year. The dimensions allow for placement pretty much anywhere that’s tight on space (depth wise), yet it has the full functionality of a desk with its well crafted drawer and wide work space.

All of our pieces are created from resawn hardwood beams salvaged from dismantled buildings across the country…Close to a billion board feet of wood are removed from buildings in the US every year. By reusing this material we reduce the impact on our landfills, eliminate the need to harvest trees, and are reminded of the simple beauty inherent in old wood. We use Ash as our primary species. An indigenous hardwood, ash has a unique blend of durability, stability and warmth.

w53″ x d15.25″ x h29″

$1,375.00, Buy it here.

Also pictured: Dining Chair, $800.00,
Buy it here.

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,375.00
Availability: Buy Console Desk by Studio Moe here

Sinus trestle

So if you live inside the EU, these trestles are pretty reasonably priced (not to mention very cool)…but don’t get your heart set on them if you’re in the US, because then shipping makes it twice as expensive.

“The trestle Sinus consists of not more than one piece of steel tube.
Sinus is thereby stackable and with its merely three legs sees to a lot of legroom under the table.”

Sinus is available in the colours: Black, White, Blood Orange and Chrome.
H 72 cm x W 74 cm x D 36 cm
185 € per pair VAT included.
(shipping inside the EU is 29,50€, inside Germany is 9,90€)

More information:

View Sinus trestle here

Urban Hardwoods

Urban Hardwoods has such a wide variety of beautiful pieces, all handmade from salvaged wood in Seattle. I found them while drooling over a coffee table (lower right), and I’d recommend taking a look through their collection if you’re fond of modern wood pieces.
And, for you lucky San Francisco residents, they’re opening up a new showroom in March.

“Our goal is fairly straightforward — to be the most progressive, responsible and sustainable wood furniture manufacturer/retailer in America…With every piece we craft, we respect the natural character and imperfections of the tree we use. We let the natural shapes, holes, curves and “live edges” of the tree remain. Our craftsmen work to preserve the tree that once was — and the work-of-art that will be.” -Urban Hardwoods

Headboards range from $650.00-$3500.00
Black Walnut Dining Table, shown bottom left: $8650.00
Seattle Bench, top right: $1200.00
butternut console table, middle left: $3300.00
cedar occasional table, middle right: $650.00
pacific madrone coffee table: $950.00
maple valley coffee table, lower right: $2100.00

Buy it here.

More information:

View Urban Hardwoods here

Trestle Desk

Not sure how this would stand up to years of use, but if you’re on a budget, it looks like it would be an acceptable work surface.

Simple lines and clean construction give this functional desk a modern appeal. Perfect for a home office, it offers plenty of options for storage with its four side shelves and ample desk top. Desk with solid wood construction is easy to assemble.

White or Black.
Measures 29″ H x 64″ W x 30″ D.

$239.99, Buy it here.

Purchase Information:

Price: $239.99
Availability: Buy Trestle Desk here

Bond Desk

If you’re on a budget, one of these desks might do the trick of getting your home office in tip top shape.

Functional modular office essentials with a contemporary slant. Cantilevered desktops sit atop angled legs. Two drawers. Wood construction. Simple assembly. Oak veneer.

large, 52.5″w x 26″d x 30″h, $399.00, Buy it here.
small, 36.5″w x 26″d x 30″h, $299.00, Buy it here.

More information:

View Bond Desk here